The Green Planet - DI311

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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4 15 (7.5)

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

The module will begin with the question of what defines a plant and how they related to the other kingdoms. This will then lead on to a journey from the plant cell to vegetation communities and how they interact with, and are import to, other groups of organisms. The module will then finish with a discussion surrounding the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (from the Convention on Biological Diversity) and the targets within this document

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

24 x 1 hour sessions: 12 lectures & 12 seminars

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 50% coursework and 50% examination

Preliminary reading

-Crawley, M (1996) Plant Ecology, 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
-Ennos, R & Sheffield, L (2000) Plant Life. Wiley-Blackwell.
-Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (http://www.cbd.int/doc/publications/pc-brochure-en.pdf)
-Haywood et al. (2007) Flowering plant families of the world. RBG Kew.
-Raven, PH (2005) Plant Biology, 7th Revised Ed. W.H.Freeman & Co Ltd.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will:
*Have a sound understanding of basic plant biodiversity and conservation
*Fundamental ecological concepts and how they apply to conservation biology.
*Practical understanding of wildlife conservation.
*General learning and study skills.
*Ability to express ideas in writing and orally.
*Field biology skills (surveys, sampling, etc.)

Gain skills in interpreting plant structures:
*Critical and analytical skills.
*Ability to make a structured and logical argument.
*Field biology skills (surveys, sampling, etc.)
*Skills to evaluate sustainability of wildlife use

Understand how a knowledge of plant biology (eg anatomy) impacts on conservation practice:

*Fundamental ecological concepts and how they apply to conservation biology.
*Species conservation and how it relates to wildlife conservation.
*Practical understanding of wildlife conservation.
*Principles of sustainable use and wildlife management.
*General learning and study skills.
*Critical and analytical skills.
*Ability to express ideas in writing and orally.
*Ability to make a structured and logical argument.
*Field biology skills (surveys, sampling, etc.)
*Skills to evaluate sustainability of wildlife use

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